Medication for Alcoholism
Alcoholism Medication Treatment
Alcoholism Medication Treatment
There is medication for alcoholism that can stop your drinking
There is medication for alcoholism that, some say can allow an individual to return to 'normal drinking'.
In recent years we have seen major breakthroughs in treatments for ailments that were previously believed to be incurable.
Perhaps the best-known being the introduction of Viagra for impotence.
As many millions suffer from alcoholism, a drug 'cure' would be of great benefit to society and a fantastic money-spinner for the drug company that discovers it.
Occasionally you hear of people proclaiming they have discovered a cure for alcohol dependency.
But what truth is there in these claims and what drugs are available NOW for the treatment of alcoholism?
Below you will find a short descriptions of various medications for alcoholism (some licensed and some not).
Some are used to treat alcohol withdrawals, others to reduce cravings for drink and, a couple, are trumpeted as cures for alcoholism.
If you find anything of interest, then click on the respective link to get more information on that particular medication for alcoholism.
Naltrexone is a drug used to curb the craving felt by many alcoholics in the first stages of recovery from alcoholism
Although it has its benefits it also has various side-effects and cannot be taken by those suffering from liver disease
, a common ailment of alcoholics.
For more on naltrexone, its anti-craving properties, side-effects and method of action, read naltrexone treatment of alcoholism
Pharmacotherapy is an invaluable tool in combating alcohol dependence. There are number of medications, licensed by the FDA, used to treat the cravings associated with the first few weeks of abstinence.
For more on these anti-craving medications, read Reducing Alcohol Craving With Medication
Injectable Naltrexone: Vivitrol
Vivitrol is naltrexone in injectable form
Its major benefit over the pill form is that it only has to be administered monthly. Thus making the management of cravings for alcohol much easier.
For more on Vivitrol, its benefits, when it is prescribed, side-effects and contraindications, read Vivitrol
Could the Sinclair Method be the 'magic pill'
Used extensively in Finland it has a claimed 90% success rate
. Compare this to which AA has a three year success rate of just 5%.
Why, then, is it not particularly well-known in the U.S./U.K.?
Read the Sinclair Method
Nalmefene could be the next big thing
in alcohol dependence treatment.
Although, much like naltrexone, nalmefene is currently licensed to be prescribed to reduce cravings in alcoholics who have already stopped drinking, a Danish pharmaceutical company is currently developing a form of the drug to be taken while an individual is still drinking.
To learn more about this drug and when it will be available
, read Nalmefene - New Drug For Alcoholism
Baclofen is a drug traditionally used to treat painful muscle spasms. It has also been used as an alcoholism medication.
But now, a French doctor has used it to 'cure', his alcoholism. So much so that he is able to drink, if he wants, without any ill effects or loss of control.
Read New Alcoholism Treatment
for more on this potentially life-changing discovery.
Although not in itself a treatment for alcoholism, medication for alcoholism- naltrexone, disulfiram(antabuse)
, can help alcoholics stop drinking and stay stopped.
For more on these FDA approved medicines read medication for alcoholism
Although not a drug of the synthetic variety, Kudzu, a Chinese herb, has recently been used by recovering alcoholics.
Although it has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 500 years,
it is only recently that its value for treating alcoholism has come to the notice of addiction specialists.
For more read Kudzu alcoholism treatment.
Diazepam is used in the treatment of alcohol withdrawals
. However, only in those cases in which the symptoms are judged to be moderate to severe. In mild cases other remedies should given.
Read diazepam and alcohol
to learn when Diazepam should be used and its dangers.
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